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January 16, 2019

Religion
Giant of Religion in Africa, Dr. Lamin Sanneh, Passes Away

Recent obituaries published in both the New York Times and the Washington Post celebrated Dr. Lamin Sanneh'a enormous scholarly contributions to religion in Africa. He emphasized the role of African missionaries as well as European ones in the spread of Christianity throughout the continent.

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October 12, 2018

United States
Happy 243rd Birthday to the U.S. Navy!

The U.S. Navy turns 243 years-old tomorrow. On October 13, 1775, the Continental Congress commissioned two ships, each with eighty sailors, “for intercepting such transports as may be laden with warl…

Navy Birthday 2018

June 7, 2018

North Korea
Russia’s Role on North Korea: More Important than You Might Think

In the context of resolving the North Korean nuclear challenge, Russia rarely makes the news. South Korea is the reverse image; China is the enabler; the United States is the tough guy; and Japan is …

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January 10, 2018

Zimbabwe
Mnangagwa Tightens the Screws in Zimbabwe

In the short term, Mnangagwa’s strategy of economic liberalization while maintaining Mugabe’s illiberal political system (despite some new faces at the top) is likely to succeed.

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December 27, 2017

United States
Ten American Foreign Policy Influentials Who Died in 2017

Year’s end is a time for taking stock, counting successes, and assessing failures. It is also time for remembering those who are no longer with us. Here are ten Americans who died in 2017 who through…

American obituaries

July 17, 2017

Digital Policy
Report Watch Vol. III: State Control of Online Content

A look at the latest digital and cyber scholarship: computational propaganda, trolls in China, and internet censorship.

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May 1, 2017

Russia
Russia and the West

Two weeks ago, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted its annual Hauser Symposium. The topic was timely: Russia and the West. The symposium kicked off with a fascinating discussion on the state o…

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January 27, 2017

United States
Trump Had A Busy First Week on Foreign Policy

Donald Trump said on the campaign trail that he would do things differently in foreign policy and do different things. Seven days into his presidency, he has been good to his word. Indeed, he has don…

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October 24, 2016

Egypt
Thinking About Culture and the Middle East

Can observers incorporate culture into their analyses of the Middle East and U.S. foreign policy toward the region?

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